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Society Overview

About Singapore Children’s Society

Founded in 1952, Singapore Children’s Society was established during the post-war years of Singapore to provide shelter, comfort and relief to the children. During those initial years, children were sickly and malnourished, and parents often lacked the means or education to provide proper care.

This was highlighted by a group of expatriates and concerned citizens in a letter to The Straits Times on 6 February 1952, which called for the formation of a body to look into the welfare of children.

Singapore Children's Society protects and nurtures children and youth of all races and religions. In 2016, the Society reached out to 74,173 children, youth and families in need. Throughout the years of Singapore’s growth and development, its services have evolved to meet the changing needs of children.

Today, Children's Society operates 11 service centres islandwide, offering services in the four categories of: Vulnerable Children and Youth, Children and Youth Services, Family Services, and Research and Advocacy.

Our Patron-in-Chief

President Halimah Yacob

Our Mission

To bring relief and happiness to children in need

Our Vision

To be a leading edge organisation in promoting the well-being of the child

Our Core Values

  • Compassion and Caring
  • Commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Openness to Change

Our Accolades

  • Charity Transparency Awards 2017
  • Charity Transparency Awards 2016
  • President's Award for Social Impact 2014
  • Our Chairman appointed as Government Representative to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children in 2010
  • NCSS Outstanding VWO Award in Innovation (Special Mention) 2010 
  • Singapore Quality Class Award 2010
  • Singapore Prestige Brand Award (Special Merit) 2009 
  • NVPC Non-Profit Organisation Award 2004
  • Asia Pacific NGO Award (3rd Runner Up) 2004
  • UNAS Most Outstanding Civic Organisation of Singapore Award 1982 and 1984 

Stanzas in Annual Report 2016 were adapted from the poem 'Make Me a Child' by Prof Woo Keng Thye. Click here to read the poem.

We are a Country Partner of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. 

Our Milestones

  • 1952 – Founded Singapore Children’s Society
  • 1954 – Hired first social worker
  • 1955 – Society’s office moved to a shophouse unit in Towner Road, with monthly rent of $150
  • 1956 – Opened Convalescent Home at Changi
  • 1961 – Started Chin-Pu Day Care
  • 1962 – Founded Singapore Association for Retarded Children (SARC), and handed over Chin-Pu Day Care to SARC in order to focus on mainstream children in need
  • 1966 – Founded Children’s Charities Association together with three other children’s charities
  • 1967 – Formed Social Work Service Standing Committee
  • 1969 – Opened first Social Work Service Centre in Toa Payoh
  • 1972 – President Sheares opened a second extension of the Convalescent Home, extending the capacity from 50 to 70
  • 1976 – Convalescent Home moved from Changi to Keramat Road in Woodlands to make way for Changi Airport
  • 1979 – Opened Latchkey Child Development Centre at Henderson Road, later known as Before-and-After School Care Centre
  • 1982 – Inaugurated Singapore Children’s Society Awards
  • 1982 & 1984 – Society conferred ‘Most Outstanding Civic Organisation’ Award from United Nations Association of Singapore
  • 1984 – Launched Tinkle Friend Helpline
  • 1987 – Opened second Latchkey Child Development Centre
  • 1988 – Formed Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Standing Committee now known as Research and Advocacy Standing Committee. Convalescent Home gazetted as a place of safety
  • 1990 – Set up a Family Service Centre and the third Before-and-After School Care Centre in Bukit Gombak
  • 1993 – Launched Society’s new logo
  • 1994 – Launched first Project CABIN at Westlake Secondary School
  • 1995 – Opened Family Service Centre (Yishun)
  • 1997 – Published Society’s first research monograph, titled ‘Public Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect’
  • 1998 – Started Vulnerable Witness Support Programme with then-Subordinate Courts
  • 1999 – Held inaugural Walk for Our Children at Bishan Park
  • 2000 – Launched RoundBox @ Singapore Children’s Society
  • 2003 – Started Research and Outreach Centre
  • 2004 – Launched Bully-Free Campaign. Won NVPC Non-Profit Organisation Award
  • 2005 – Opened Jurong Youth Centre. Organised 6th International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) Asian Regional Conference
  • 2006 – Convalescent Home moved to Hong San Terrace and renamed to Sunbeam Place
  • 2007 – Singapore Children’s Society’s lectures launched to commemorate 55th Anniversary
  • 2008 – Opened Children Service Centre at Kaki Bukit. Appointed as Centre of Specialisation for Youth Drop-in Centres by NCSS
  • 2009 – Launched 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need programme
  • 2010 – Conferred inaugural NCSS Outstanding VWO Award in Innovation (Special Mention)
  • 2011 – Published ‘A Guide to Youth Drop-in Centres’ in collaboration with NCSS
  • 2012 – Society turned 60. Co-hosted 2nd ASEAN Children’s Forum with then-MCYS
  • 2013 – Opened Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre. Held first Charity TV Show, raising over $5 million. Organised first Singapore Children’s Forum
  • 2014 – Launched Tinkle Friend Online Chat. Launched 1000 Philanthropists fundraising programme. Society won President’s Award for Social Impact
  • 2015 – Held first Bully-Free Roadshow. Published ‘Speaking of Children: The Singapore Children’s Society Collected Lectures’. Launched VOX @ Singapore Children’s Society
  • 2016 – Opened DEN @ JYC. Awarded the inaugural Charity Transparency Awards. Held Society’s first Photo Contest on Facebook